Europe in the world

ESPON Project 3.4.1

Thematic scope and context

The geographical position, differences in population developments and age structures, the socio-economic potential and the environment all pose significant challenges to the competitiveness of Europe in the global context. Territorial structures such as the functionality of urban areas and global transport connections define those areas of the European territory that will play a particular role as gateways for Europe to the wider World.

With reference to the Lisbon/Gothenburg Strategy, which set the target for Europe to become the most competitive, knowledge-based “region” in the world, while at the same time aiming at a sustainable development path, the global perspective needs to be further developed.

Given this background the project analyses trends, goals and strategies of European spatial development from a more global view and covering three demands. The first is related to flows, the identification of relations and linkages between Europe and other parts of the world. The second deals with territorial structures, the elaboration of structural comparison with comparable “regions” of the world. Finally, the third is devoted to the embedding of Europe into the geographical neighbourhood.

Lead Partner

UMS 2414 RIATE (CNRS-DATAR-Université Paris 7), Paris (France).
Detailed information on the contracted project team under Transnational Project Groups.


3.4.1 - Final Report

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3.4.1 - Final Report

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3.4.1 - Final Report

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3.4.1 - 2nd Interim Report

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3.4.1 - 1st Interim Report

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Terms of Reference

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